Kennedy and the Berlin Wall: "a hell of a lot better than a war"

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[2009]
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Kennedy and the Berlin Wall tells the full story of the Berlin Crisis that riveted international attention and brought the world to the brink of nuclear warfare as Soviet and American tanks opposed each other on the streets of Berlin. Drawing on the author's own experience as an American diplomat in Germany during the period, as well as on recently opened Soviet, East German, and American archives, Smyser tells the story of how the fate of a city affected national politics as well as geopolitics. This compelling mix of documentary resources and direct experience of diplomatic negotiations makes the book unique. The author has a keen sense of the critical moment and draws incisive portraits of the politicians and diplomats involved in this drama--most importantly, the two main actors, Kennedy and Khrushchev, but also DeGaulle for the French, Macmillan for the British, and Konrad Adenauer for the West Germans, as well as such critical career diplomats as Dean Rusk and Andrei Gromyko.
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subject_facet , Berlin (Germany) -- International status, Berlin Wall (Germany : 1961-1989), Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989, Diplomatic relations, Electronic books, Germany, Germany (West), Germany (West) -- Foreign relations -- United States, Germany -- Berlin, HISTORY, International law, Kennedy, John F. -- (John Fitzgerald), -- 1917-1963, Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, -- 1894-1971, Soviet Union, Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States, USSR -- Foreign relations -- United States, United States, United States -- Foreign relations -- Germany (West), United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union
title_display Kennedy and the Berlin Wall : "a hell of a lot better than a war"
title_full Kennedy and the Berlin Wall : "a hell of a lot better than a war" / W.R. Smyser, Kennedy and the Berlin Wall [electronic resource] : "a hell of a lot better than a war" / W.R. Smyser
title_short Kennedy and the Berlin Wall :
title_sub "a hell of a lot better than a war"
topic_facet Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989, Diplomatic relations, Foreign relations, HISTORY, International law, International status, Kennedy, John F, Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich